Marchesa Notte

Delighted Dress

$108 to buy
$895 retail
Stylist Notes

A decorated neckline and full skirt add drama to this red cocktail dress by Marchesa Notte. Complement the neckline with small earrings or bracelets. Finally, add metallic heels for an alternative black tie look.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size down for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 16.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Fitted - dress fitted at natural waist
HIPS: Not Fitted - fuller skirt allows comfortable room for full hips
LENGTH: Knee to tea length - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra, nubra or no bra.
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Red faille (63% Cotton, 27% Silk, 5% Nylon, 5% Polyester). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Full skirt. Key hole back with hook-and-eye closure and hidden back zipper. Partially lined. 36” from shoulder to hemline. Imported.

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50 reviews
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Large
(1)
True to Size
(28)
Small
(8)
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Age: 28
November 29, 2016
Perfect fit - great color and details.
I typically wear a 2-4 in formal dresses, especially if they are less fitted at the hip. They only had a size 2 available, and it fit perfectly (I'm a 32B for bust size reference). The one thing you can't tell from the photos is that there is a layer of tulle at the hips of the skirt which can bunch up and give your hips the look of being bigger than they are, but as long as you smooth it out, it's fine.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 128lbs
November 26, 2016
Not flattering for larger chests
I had been eyeing this dress for a long time and finally rented it for a city wedding. I didn't even end up wearing it, it was not at all flattering on me. I have a true hour glass frame and this dress did nothing for that. It completely flattened my chest and just wasn't flattering at all. Also, the color was no where near as vibrant as it looks in the picture. It almost looks faded. The inside was a rich vibrant beautiful color but the outside was almost a muted version of that color. Definitely just not for me.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 110lbs
October 1, 2016
Pretty embellished dress
The size is appropriate, but it is a little snug at the top; however, it is still comfortable. Honestly, the thing that surprised me the most was the built in tool layer underneath. I thought it was just the way she posed in the dress in the picture. I wasn't a fan of the tool only because I am not a personal fan of the "poofed" out look. And it will accentuate your hips/curves. Otherwise, it was great for twirling on the dance floor. And for someone who is short, the length was fine! And the color is more pink than red.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
September 16, 2016
Gorgeous color and amazing neckline!
This dress was gorgeous, and super comfortable. I loved the pockets, and I got compliments on the neckline all night- everyone thought it was a necklace. The material is pretty thick and is more like a thick, shiny cotton. The back was pretty long (it fell mid-calf for me) and the fit is pretty much as expected.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
September 7, 2016
Wore this to my friend's wedding. I am obsessed - so many compliments and so fun to dance in!
The fit of this dress is great - I didn't have to worry about how I looked all night, as it was comfortable and stayed put. The skirt is so fun to dance in - you can scrunch up the tulle underlay to make the skirt fuller - it's not as full as I expected, which I am actually happy about. I was expecting the fabric to have more sheen, however, it is still a gorgeous dress--with pockets (optimal!). My only two cons are barely cons at all: the zipper and back clasp are difficult to do on your own -- luckily I had help. Also, if you are dancing, the top may be / feel slightly restrictive. That didn't stop me though! Overall, my absolute favorite dress! I would recommend it to anyone. If you want a really fun, gorgeous, unique dress to wear, choose this!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 31
Bust size: 30DDD/E
Body type: Petite
Weight: 108lbs
August 22, 2016
The dress worked out perfectly for a black tie optional wedding!
I normally wear 0s because I'm narrow and short (5'1"), but I also have a bigger bust (30DDD). The 2 worked really well to accommodate that. I probably could've done the 0 too, but it definitely would've been tight. This wedding was late July and worked for an outdoor event. A little heavy, but nothing that would've prevented me from having fun. Since the event was black tie optional, I liked that this was cocktail attire, but also it was longer to accommodate the black tie for summer. Overall, loved the dress. TONS of compliments!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Pear
Weight: 117lbs
August 16, 2016
Compliments for strangers!
This dress. This dress caused people to stop me in the street in the middle of a crowd from the wedding and in an at capacity bar to tell me how I stood out in the crowd. Rent. This. Dress. The wedding was on a lake so it caught the wind just a bit in pictures and I felt like a queen. The built in necklace and also the pockets (!) made this such a functional dress too. I am SO glad I rented this when my original came back damaged. This dress saved the day and made my night!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
July 21, 2016
Beautiful!!
This dress was amazing! I wore it to a Nigerian wedding and it was spot on! The color is fabulous and the neckline that looks like a necklace is stunning! Highly recommend it !
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
June 18, 2016
Love the color!
My first Rent the Runway experience. I wore this dress to a charity dinner. I did have to have it steamed, as it was fairly wrinkled when it arrived. Several of the beaded embellishments are missing, but I guess that's expected given that it's been worn by many people. I received a lot of compliments, and especially loved that it has pockets!
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 123lbs
June 13, 2016
Great dress
I had ordered this dress in a size 4 with the size 2 as a backup. The size 4 was unable to ship and the backup dress I was sent was dreadful. I was happily surprised that the size 2 fit. I am normally a size 4 but I think my saving grace into fitting into the 2 was having a small bust. Overall, I was happy with my rental.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
June 5, 2016
Great vintage look!
I rented this for a 1950s themed gala. Material is nice--silk taffeta. I added a crinoline for extra full skirt. Beading is very pretty. It's very true to size. Deep salmon color.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
May 12, 2016
Sadly I didn't get to wear this dress to my event.
I have broad shoulders/rib cage and the bust of the dress was too tight. It fits more like a strapless dress than a sleeveless dress. If you need more room on top, I would size up. Otherwise it was a great looking dress and I was so sad it didn't work.
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 118lbs
April 19, 2016
awesome dress!
I usually wear a size 0 or 2 and this dress fit well in the size 2. I steamed it when it arrived to de-wrinkle the tulle under the skirt. This dress was very comfortable and I got a lot of compliments. The beading is like a built-in necklace, so you don't even have to really worry about jewelry! Overall this was a fabulous dress and I wish I owned it!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 117
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
March 28, 2016
So cute!
Looks exactly like it does in the photos. Not a "run of the mill" dress. Classy. Elegant. Interesting. No one had on anything like it.
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 47
Weight: 158lbs
March 9, 2016
The fact that EVERYONE loved the dress i wore from Rent The Runway!
This dress fit PERFECTLY! I loved the color...this was the 1st RED dress i have ever worn because it's not 1 of my favorite colors at all. Loved the fit. Loved the fish tail especially. Loved the see through top with the little bit of gold applique which went well with my gold bling wedges. Loved the puff at bottom. Loved the length. A+
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
February 27, 2016
Soft color, great fit, classic look.
I got both a 4 and 6 and the 6 was a little loose but longer in the waist so I went with it. Very comfortable dress. Was a classic look for an 80s Gala fundraiser. Amid the fluorescent colors I felt like a princess. Very unique look.
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 174lbs
February 16, 2016
Glove like fit with pockets!
I rented this for New Years. It fit so perfectly, like it was made for me! It was cold, so after I decided to wear tights, I added a black sash for a belt (that I tied in the back). I loved the feel of the fabric, it wasn't too stiff. I am always a sucker for a dress with pockets too!!! The embellished neckline is amazing, I didn't even feel the need to wear heavy earrings. It is a high low hem, which I love having a larger backside. I felt like I had lots of coverage and it felt very elegant. It does have a layer of tulle under the skirt which can be confusing when stepping into the dress. I feel like it can be worn different ways, and I wore most of the tulle to the back. You can make it pretty fluffy I'm sure, I tried to pull the tulle down, as with wearing it more to the back.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 63
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 185lbs
December 2, 2015
Runs small
I am a true size 14 and this was too small in the 14.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 110lbs
November 9, 2015
Pretty in pink!
The dress was so perfectly snug, I didn't need to wear a bra. I would recommend sizing up for those with a larger bust. Color was great and I loved the beading up top.
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Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 140lbs
November 5, 2015
Beautiful dress!
I wore this dress for a formal event and got compliments ALL NIGHT! It is an absolutely stunning dress. Many people asked about the "necklace," but I LOVED the fact that it was all part of the embellishment on the dress. I loved wearing this dress! My only concern was that because I am so busty, the chest area looked a little awkward where the bust seam is placed, but other than that it was amazing!
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 144lbs
September 29, 2015
I got comments all night about how good the color and style looked on me.
The color was beautiful in person and in pictures but the fabric is like a heavy cotton and it wrinkles very easily. I didn't not like that it wrinkle very easily, just from sitting for 1 minute.
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
September 11, 2015
LOTS of compliments... You can dress it up or down.
I LOVED this dress. I received so many compliments! I was worried it would be too dressy, but as others have said the material is a cotton blend. You can dress it down with nude wedges if you like, or make it look much dressier. At first it felt a little tight in the chest area... but I stretched it out a little before wearing for the night. It's designer sizing! Size up for your back-up for sure. I'm either a 2 or 4 (for reference, size 2 in Banana Republic dress) and wore a size 4.... Never could have fit in a size 2.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Age: 33
August 29, 2015
Malibu canyon ranch wedding in May celebrating the love of two lovely people! #YesToTheDress
The color is a winner especially for a summer wedding. The fit is true to size but the lace top fits tight and can cut at your armpit sides (ouch!). Mom says you can be fashionable or comfortable, I choose fashionable with this one. I'm wearing a comparable dress to this one (same designer) to a fall wedding so there is that. Enjoy!
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
August 24, 2015
Very classic and great color
I loved this dress! The color is amazing, and the neckline is gorgeous! It is a little tight through the chest, but it still is very comfortable. I am either a 4 or 6, and I had to go with the 6 because of the chest area. My first experience with Rent the Runway was a success!!
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 165lbs
August 10, 2015
The dress arrived with what appeared like water spots all over it. I was very disappointed.
The dress arrived with what appeared like water spots all over it. I was very disappointed. The 2nd size didn't fit so I had to opt to wear the dress I rented for the rehearsal dinner to the wedding, so not as formal as I was expected to be considering I was the personal attendant and in the bridal party.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 118lbs
July 14, 2015
Perfect for pears on the move!
Needing a little bit of a pick-me-up, I was looking for a dress that'd make me look good for a very important art show for artists with disabilities. I would not have selected this dress looking at it online because it looked too "poofy" in the skirt, but I happened to go to the RTRW flatiron store to try a few styles on. It fit me like a glove - form fit my small top, flowing skirt with room for my pear shape. The best part is that the "necklace" part is built into sheer mesh, so no matter how I moved around, everything stayed in place. Dress and go! I received many compliments on the look - if I could afford to do so, this would have a permanent place in my closet.
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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 36
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
June 22, 2015
Didn't quite work for me.
Ended up not going with this one. It wasn't quite youthful enough. Probably due to the sheen and heaviness of the fabric. Was a nice dress tho.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 30
Bust size: 38D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 180lbs
June 15, 2015
Beautiful dress but too small
I ordered this dress for a Summer Newport (RI) wedding, but it was too small in the bust. The dress has the normal amount of room throughout the natural waist but the top is definitely meant for a small to average cup size. I am a 38D+ and could not even come close to zipping it all the way. The dress itself was beautiful! The detailing on the neck was very well done and I thought the fabric had a nice weight and quality.
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Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
June 4, 2015
Beautiful but did nothing for my figure...
I wish I could have taken the dress and lengthened the waist section. Unfortunately it cut my waist off in such a way that made me look heavier than I am. I am tall and lean and can typically where anything easily but this just did nothing for me. The top half is gorgeous and the skirting is nice although the crinoline was super wrinkled and makes the skirt jet out high close to your body and fall weakly throughout the rest of the skirt which further made me look heavy. The 2 was a better fit than the 0 though as the 0 was pretty tight in the arms and chest.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 145lbs
June 3, 2015
B-School Reunion Outfit
Loved the color of this dress and ornate neckline. Only con was the mesh was a tiny bit itchy at the neckline.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 142lbs
May 27, 2015
Great dress, lots of compliments.
Overall, The dress was great! The material is definitely unexpected--almost like a heavyweight cotton. But it worked. The top of the dress definitely runs a bit on the smaller side.
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Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 125lbs
May 16, 2015
No accessories needed! The dress rocked!
The dress was true to size and was a fabulous dress. I loved that it required nothing but earrings. Got ton of compliments.
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 145lbs
May 10, 2015
Pretty Dress but Petites Beware
I loved the color, the interesting detail at the top, and the high/low hem. However, this dress did not work for me because I am a petite. The length of the bodice (from shoulders to waist) was too long, causing the fabric to bunch through the middle. Otherwise, I would have loved it.
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Athletic
May 10, 2015
..
Was a beautiful gown. Just really poofy for me. If you have hips it's going to make you look even wider.
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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Age: 48
May 6, 2015
I didn't wear the dress
The dress fit well all around except the chest. I am a DD and the dress was too tight on top and I couldn't wear it.
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Size worn:
14
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 38D+
Body type: Full Bust
May 5, 2015
This dress is truly beautiful!
It runs very small in the bust area so I didn't get to wear it. But it is stunning
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Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Full Bust
May 4, 2015
LOVED!!!
It fit like a glove and i didn't have to worry about any accessories!
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Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 44
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 125lbs
April 29, 2015
High end theory - WINNER!
I was really excited to wear this dress. I wanted to test out the 'high-low' trend in fashion and felt this was the dress to do it in. The photo doesn't capture the brilliance of the jewels around the neckline of the dress. Of course, the pockets sent it over the top. The only drawback was the material was very creased when it arrived and even after steaming it, it was still very creased. But, overall great dress and I would rent again.
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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 31
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
April 24, 2015
The dress was perfect and looked stunning. Everyone loved it!
Wore this dress for my bridal shower tea party and it was just amazing. I picked up from the NYC store and although there were some issues with the dress shipped they provided me with another one right on the spot. It worked so well with the theme and fit like a charm. No complaints on the fit. The dress is very flattering, I felt like a princess. Would definitely recommend. I look forward to another rental very soon.
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Size worn:
14
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
April 23, 2015
Seriously the loveliest dress I wore. I received so many compliments and it really made my night.
True to size, great dress for New Years!
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